Vote for Elijah . . . and His Future

Three year-old grandson Elijah’s a joy. He’s joyful! He’s loving. He’s funny. He makes me smile with his summersaults, singing and dancing. He makes me proud of him every morning when he helps fill Barclay’s bowl with his prescription dog food. Like Barclay, Elijah sees no evil, hears no evil, and speaks no evil, but he recoils at the sound of meanness.

Elijah isn’t mean. He loves Nora; Nora loves him. Elijah doesn’t know he’s Black; Nora doesn’t know she’s White. No one is superior at daycare.

Elijah doesn’t know what a country is, let alone that there’s something wrong with it, or how to make it great. He hasn’t learned to fear people like those who lynched 14 year-old Emmett Till in 1955, or their White nationalist offspring: the Boogaloo Bois, the Wolverine Watchmen, and the Proud Boys “staying back and standing by” with their pistols and rifles loaded if things don’t go their way in the 2020 election.

My grandson is too young to know the names of Medgar Evers, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Baldwin, W.E.B. Dubois, Paul Robison, Congressmen John Lewis and Elijah Cummings, President Barack Obama . . . or Trevon Martin, Freddie Gray, Philando Castille, Botham Jean, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, George Floyd, and countless other unarmed people like him who were killed by the police.

Elijah is three years-old. He didn’t see President Obama award the Presidential Medal of Honor to Civil Rights Movement hero Congressman John Lewis, or President Trump bestow the same honor on Rush Limbaugh whose daily radio broadcasts are seances with Joe McCarthy.

Rush Limbaugh awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

When I came home from voting with the bright red sticker I VOTED, Elijah recognized the letters. He knows his ABC’s. Someday I’ll tell him I voted for him and for all his friends and enemies.

Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, October 29, 2020

12 thoughts on “Vote for Elijah . . . and His Future

  1. Thanks for your words Gordon. I voted for
    joyful, loving, innocent Elijah and his one year older loving peer, my great niece Fiona. I’m sure they would hug❤️

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  2. Thank you for your story today. Gentle. Innocent. Loving. As Hammerstein and Rogers gave notes to “You have to be carefully taught….” Barkley’s RX food. Jesse’s RX Food, Rx Probiotic for dogs taking antibiotics.

    Best,

    Jim

    James B Haugh

    On Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 7:12 PM Views from the Edge wrote:

    > Gordon C. Stewart posted: ” Three year-old grandson Elijah’s a joy. He’s > joyful! He’s loving. He’s funny. He makes me smile with his summersaults, > singing and dancing. He makes me proud of him every morning when he helps > fill Barclay’s bowl with his prescription dog food. Like Barc” >

    Like

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